BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 19. The Consulate General of Kazakhstan in China's Xi'an was inaugurated by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, signifying an important milestone in Kazakh-Chinese relations, Trend reports.
During the ceremony, President Tokayev expressed gratitude to the Chinese government for their support in establishing this diplomatic mission.
President Tokayev held significant discussions with Chinese President Xi Jinping, resulting in the signing of a joint statement and other important documents. This visit is seen as the catalyst for a new era of cooperation between Kazakhstan and China, referred to as the "golden 30th anniversary".
Tokayev emphasized the significance of Xi'an as a vital hub for the economic "One Belt, One Road" project, making the opening of the Consulate General in this city particularly noteworthy. Strong ties have been forged between Kazakhstan and the Shaanxi and Xi'an provinces, with agreements signed to establish sister city relationships between North Kazakhstan and Shymkent with their Chinese counterparts. These efforts are aimed at fortifying the bonds between China and Kazakhstan.
The president believes that the establishment of the Consulate General in Xi'an will invigorate the development of Kazakh-Chinese cooperation, further enhancing economic and diplomatic relations.
Kazakhstan is the sole Central Asian country to have established a diplomatic representation in Shaanxi Province. The consulate building will not only house the diplomatic corps but also host representative offices of Kazakhstani companies, aimed at promoting the economic interests of Kazakhstan.
This milestone is the result of a decree signed by Chinese President Xi Jinping on November 5, 2022, demonstrating the commitment of both countries to strengthen their ties in a large industrial and historically significant region of China.